That’s right, the old beast came through on the year’s biggest ride!
I had the Repi all prepped and ready for this year’s Friendship Ride… lines bled, parts lubed, and even some old parts replaced… followed up by a good scrub and polish. Well, “the best-laid plans of mice and men often go awry”, and come Saturday morning the battery decided it was done. I guess nine years of starts was all it was able to take. Time was running out, didn’t know what to do. Should I continue on with the Repi, knowing that I would have to be push started after each stop and face the ridicule from all my battery tending friends? Oh, HELL NO!
I quickly pulled the cover off Ol’ Yeller, dusted off the parts that were dusty. Wiped down all the gruff from the previous rides, checked the tire pressure and when I went to start it up… nothing. Damn, I had unplugged the tender to use for some other, at the time “necessary” electric device and forgot to plug it back in. No worries, I knew that the battery was good so with a quick jump from the wife’s car, we were on our way.
That’s right, no prep, no fancy new parts, no clean and polish, just wake up, shake the bugs off and go. I did require a little help on my first stop/start, but after the first leg Ol’ Yeller was starting and stopping like the best of them. Still had to endure a day of ridicule and jabs from the mob, but I held my head up high with the fact that my oldest, slowest, most outdated bike still took care of business. I just love this thing, and I’m probably the most comfortable on the bike after owning and riding it for the past 21 years.
Here’s to old friendships that never let you down.
My ride for the week as my truck is awaiting some shop time… Not a bad position to be in and it seems ‘ol mother nature must have got the memo as she’s cooled down the heat this week which makes for a much more comfortable experience.
Thankfully I had just installed my new Galfer USA wave rotor and brake pads I picked up from FP Racing. I also went through and bled the brake and clutch lines with clean clear fluid and replaced the old worn out grips with new Pro Grip SCS grips. The bike is feeling better than ever.
I can’t believe this thing just turned 14 years old, it still gets my heart going like it did the day I brought it home.
Yesterday, our little girl received the Presidential Gold Award for Outstanding Academic Excellence for keeping a 4.0 for the year. What better way to celebrate the day but to take her out on her first motorcycle ride!
Today, the final day of elementary school, she wanted to ride in on the motorcycle.
What a great day. Took another trip with an awesome group of riders this year. A bit smaller than what we are used to, but all good friends having a great time enjoying our awesome mountain roads. Wildfire smoke was at its lowest in years, traffic was smooth and flowing and the temperature was nearly perfect.
We ended the ride again this year at the Fresno Flats Historic Village and Park where we had some tasty BBQ pulled pork and chili beans.
This ride never disappoints. What a great venue for spending the day with friends and family. Looking forward to years to come, riding with friends and remembering those that have left us too soon. Thank you to all those that have stood by me all these years. I could not do this without your help, you are truly appreciated.
Although not the fastest, sleekest, or fanciest bike, I sure enjoyed our time together. There is much to be said about riding such a light bike. So much different than the bigger bikes I’ve grown accustom too.
This thing was such fun to ride, I will truly miss our trips together.
Picked up these from Moto Mummy. They had an incredible sale on the Battlax Hypersport S21 tires.
I’ve been running the BT-S20 on Ol’ Yeller for a while now, and love how they perform on both the street and track. So I figured the updated triple compound rear might be just what I’m looking for when it comes to good street performance for the Repsol.
Well, the wait is over, Moto Mummy had these delivered to my door in just a few days.
Looks like it’s time to give the Repsol some much needed TLC and get it ready to thoroughly enjoy the new riding season.
New Racetech fork springs for Ol’ Yeller. It’s like Christmas only better! Special thanks to Alan at True Value Home Center in Oakhurst. They are also a WPS distributor and Alan is an enthusiast who likes to help out other enthusiasts by offering awesome deals.
I’m thankful to have such a great shop up here in the sticks which has the ability to get me the parts I need usually within a few days